April 8, 2014
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. [Proverbs 18:24]
We all have friends in this life, but none as close, no matter what as Jesus. Jesus Christ is more than a friend; He is our Savior, our Lord, our hope, and our light. When friends fail, Jesus is still there, patient, kind, understanding, and above all, true to His promised Word. Thank you dear LORD JESUS for your enduring faithfulness, Amen.
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WHAT IS LEGALISM?
January 1, 2013
Legalism is trying to please God by the flesh (self effort). By attempting to keep a list of laws and rules that we think will earn us God's favor and keep us in good standing with Him. It is identity based on performance rather than relationship. It makes rule-keeping the basis of victory. It says you are what you do. Note! grace based Christians obey God because it's their delight, law based Christians obey because it's their duty. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [Ephesians 2:8-9]
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THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL
December 25, 2012
Read | John 3:15-21
Even children understand that unless a present is opened and explored, its value will remain unknown. Yet many people neglect “unwrapping” God’s gift of salvation through Jesus. They receive His forgiveness but fail to discover the marvelous treasures made available to them as children of God.
When God the Son came to dwell on earth, He took on human flesh. This mystery is known as the incarnation. Jesus, who was fully God, lived a sinless life. Yet He was also fully human. Without Christ, we would be eternally separated from God the Father. The sin we all inherited through Adam does not allow fellowship with the perfect God. So the Savior took our iniquities upon Himself and endured the death penalty in our place. And then He rose from the dead.
In doing this, Jesus redeemed us and opened the door for eternal fellowship with the Father. Any who so choose can accept mercy instead of punishment. It is God’s free gift, which includes an eternal home in heaven. We will live forever with Christians from every generation and can look forward to reuniting with loved ones who have already died in the Lord. A small...
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December 3, 2012
You can not separate a person's will from the person's nature, and a nature that is opposed to God can not, will not, make a decision for Christ.
Tis not that I did choose thee, for Lord, that could not be; this heart would still refuse thee, hadst thou not chosen me.
We can not find God for the same reason that a thief can not find a police officer.
If there be ground for you to trust in your own righteousness then all that Christ did to purchase salvation and all that God did to prepare the way for it, is in vain.
God is completely sovereign, infinite in wisdom, and perfect in love.
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November 2, 2012
Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. [Psalm 50:14 AMP] Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; we should be thankful that thorns have roses.
A man is not a sinner because he sins; man sins because he is a sinner.
Unregenerated man will always respond to God's revelation in one of three ways. (1)... self-imposed ignorance. (2)... self-justification. (3)... self-righteousness.
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October 1, 2012
Guilt is concerned with the past. Worry is concerned about the future. Contentment enjoys the present. Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. [Philippians 4:11] AMP
The heart has no secret which our conduct does not reveal. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. [Matthew 12:35] NIV
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REFLECTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER
September 2, 2012
No one is useless in this world that lightens the burden of anyone else. Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. [Romans 15:1-2] NAS
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. For his merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! [Psalm 117:2] NKJ
Make it a rule to never go to a place where there is no room for Jesus. Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? [2 Corinthians 6:14-15] NLT
Happiness is the result of circumstance, but joy endures in spite of circumstances. In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. [Psalm 16:11]
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REFLECTIONS FOR AUGUST
August 4, 2012
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. [Proverbs 17:22] AMP
Character is not made in crisis, it is only exhibited.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. [Psalm 16:8]
Wisdom is the gift that keeps you from getting into bad situations.
I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won’t limp or stumble as you run. [Proverbs 4:11-12] NLT
God has a history of using the insignificant and nondescript to accomplish the impossible.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” [Mark 10:27]NIV
I cannot mess up my life, and neither can anyone else, to the point of God not using me for His glory.If God answered all our questions, there would be no need for faith or to pray or to trust Him!
People may doubt what you say,...
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REFLECTIONS FOR JULY
July 6, 2012
It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God. [C.S. Lewis]
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. [J.C. Ryle]
In the midst of our triumphs let us cry to God for humility. [C.H. Spurgeon]
Success is discovering the will of God for your life and following it. [Charles F. Stanley]
Our Lord died an apparent failure, discredited by the leaders of established religion, rejected by society and forsaken by his friends. It took the resurrection to demonstrate how gloriously Christ had triumphed. Yet today the professed church seems to have learned nothing. How much eager-beaver religious work is done out of a carnal desire to make good. [W. Tozer]
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REFLECTIONS FOR JUNE
June 9, 2012
GOD IS WISE.....All knowledge and wisdom reside in God. He has all insight and understanding. We should always trust Him to know what is best for us. To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. [Romans 16:27] By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place. [Proverbs 3:19]
The truly wise are those whose souls are in Christ. [St. Ambrose]
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